DIY: Arm for an LCD Monitor

Written by j. anthony cooley
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A monitor arm connects to the wall, extending the display out from the wall and leaving all the ground space unused. This creates a cleaner look and is more functional, as it gives you more space to utilise. A monitor arm mount is a lot like a swivel arm mount, except the monitor arm only has a single arm and no pivot point, making the display affixed in a single direction. Installing a monitor arm wall mount is a do-it-yourself project that uses common household tools and doesn't require any technical knowledge.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Use the stud finder to locate a wall stud, or beam, under the drywall. Once a stud is found, draw an outline of its positioning on the wall using a pencil.

  2. 2

    Hold the monitor arm with the wall plate side of the wall mount against the wall. The monitor arm has two sides, a plated side with large holes and a plated side with small holes. The side with the large holes is the wall plate. The side with the little holes is the monitor plate. Insert the lag bolts (included with the monitor arm) through the large holes of the wall plate and tighten them into the wall using a wrench.

  3. 3

    Hold the monitor to the monitor plate so the little holes on the back of the monitor are aligned with the little holes on the monitor plate. These holes are called VESA holes and they are specifically made to connect the monitor to a wall mount. Insert the VESA screws (included with the monitor arm) through the VESA holes on the monitor plate and use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the screws into the monitor.

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